Wife and mother, consultant helping small businesses create simple social media plans, owner of Kids in the Capital, organizer for Social Capital Conference and I blog about life in general at Karen's Chronicles.
@danielghebert @jasonkonopinski @ginidietrich Omg, that would be pretty much the best thing ever.
1 week, 1 day ago on Gin and Topics: I Love Jesus, but I Like to Drink a Little
Omg, Gladys is the best thing on this list! I could watch Ellen talk to her all day. Hilarious!
@ginidietrich I totally agree. Or if they have read it, they found some knockoff copy? Lead In anyone?
1 week, 6 days ago on Become a Spin Sucks Brand Ambassador
@belllindsay No, no...I know *you* aren't. There are other articles (not the one you mentioned if I recall correctly) that are making that accusation. I read about a half dozen articles about this. I was commenting about those where the writer or commenters are accusing Shannon. I think some feel that Shannon being the perpetrator supports the hoax theory because why would anyone create a hoax that only a few people are privy to? On the off chance that 8 months after the end a video will go viral about it? That's too far-fetched, so Shannon must be the source and it's an attempt for pageviews and notoriety. If I didn't know her personally, that might look like a pretty convincing argument.
I think the most compelling points in the article you linked to are the various experts about the progression of the cancer. But my point was that it's assuming that the writer wasn't presenting a certain picture for the world that they were more comfortable with than the reality. The evidence is based entirely on assumptions formed from 169 tweets and a limited bio. Yes, it's likely a hoax. I'm just not personally willing to make a bet on it without more proof that isn't based on assertions and commentary.
I honestly don't even have a desire for it to be true. I just find I'm skeptical of the hoax assertions because there just isn't enough hard evidence. I would say "why would someone even do this", but that question can't be answered with most hoaxes that are out there. People just have nasty streaks in them.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Internet Hoaxes and Black Hearts
I'm floored by this. I had to go and investigate the hoax to see what's being said. I find it laughable that people think Shannon (who created the video) is Amanda. I have known Shannon for about four years and I don't think she looks anything like the picture of Amanda other than having similar hair. The person I know Shannon to be would never perpetuate such a hoax.
The thing about the internet is that we all have the ability to craft our presence here. We're all sharing what we want people to know. Some share a lot more than others. Some use pseudonyms and/or deliberately mislead to preserve privacy. After reading all the "evidence" that this is a hoax, I can see why people think it's suspect. I'm going to leave the door open that it wasn't a hoax. I find some of the "proof" that it's a hoax to be pretty shaky. There are absolutely good points made, but I don't think it's a hoax court slam dunk.
I'm glad people question things like instead of taking them at face value. Maybe that will prevent someone else from trying such a stunt. But I really do hope we don't get to the point that we trust no one, because that would really ruin the internet for me.
@ginidietrich I actually read it back in the fall. I'm reading it again for the book club. It's an excellent book. I read your thoughts about it before I read the book and I 100% agree. I don't understand the criticism that has been so rampant about it. The conversation Sheryl Sandberg has brought back to the surface is so valuable. I have been telling every woman I know to read it for months. Now most of them finally are because it ended up being the first book for the book club. ;)
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Become a Spin Sucks Brand Ambassador
I seriously cannot wait for it to come out!!! Lara and I just started a book club this month and we're reading Lean In. Spin Sucks needs to be our March book!
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Become a Spin Sucks Brand Ambassador
Interesting that Farwell's article didn't even mention the Municipal Elections Act. The interpretation of the Act - as I understand it - is that election communications and official communications that are part of the role of an elected official have to be kept separate. That includes websites and social profiles.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Is one Twitter account enough for election candidates?
@ginidietrich I compromised. I didn't take additional time off but I eased into the year instead of hitting the ground running. Now I'm doing more running. ;) And it feels great!
1 month, 1 week ago on The Power of Time Off
@EdenSpodek It really is difficult. I think I'm doing a much better job of balancing everything now than I was my first two years in business and it's improved my productivity so much. Knowing that, I feel zero guilt planning to take time for myself. Besides, I'll be working hard enough this year to need it even more than last year! ;)
I learned this lesson the hard way in 2013. You cannot keep going without a break if you want to keep going. I took my first true, intentional break in a year over the Christmas holidays and even two solid weeks wasn't long enough. But it was a start. And I *will* be taking time off in 2014.
I had the same exact reaction and then did my research and came to the same conclusion. I'm actually really glad Google is making this change. I would love to stop getting those emails. It does mean I'll stop getting those emails, right? ;)
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Guest Blogging: A Change in the Google Algorithm
I saw a different article about being busy last week (http://www.tylerwardis.com/busy-isnt-respectable-anymore/) and I haven't uttered that word in reference to how I am since. The truth is, this year has already started out pretty intense, but I'm looking at that intensity differently because I've forced myself to not use the word "busy" as a descriptor. I'm less stressed by the work I have to get done already.
I'm okay with not taking my weekends completely off, but I do strive to have a balance that allows me to feel refreshed, productive, or fantastic. I definitely didn't achieve that balance in 2013 and it's a high priority in 2014. So far, so good. :)
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Time Management: A Challenge to Make You More Productive
We're not a PR firm (though that's Lara's background) and I feel like you've just laid down a challenge for us to think differently than our competitors about how we do business as well. I like it - thanks for that!
2 months ago on Traditional PR, Alone, Cannot Create Conversions
I'm still finalizing all my goals, but one business goal is that I want to double revenue. One personal goal is that I want to run 10K by the end of the year. Actually, more like early fall. Now that it's online, I have to do both, right? :)
2 months ago on 2014 Business and Personal Goals
@LauraPetrolino Jargon and vague terms that can be used against you if the situation is right. I sort of wonder if that's what happened with this coach who was fired over a photo that was deemed "immoral".
The story: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/highschool-prep-rally/girls-basketball-coach-fired-over-facebook-photo-while-154300701.html
3 months, 3 weeks ago on How to Create a Social Media Policy that Works
I'm writing a course on developing a social media policy next spring - I'll definitely be including this post as reference material. These are really good points and practical ways to make the policy effective.
@jono.smith @dbvickery In every instance that something like this occurs, timelines are watched to see what the brand will do and every time it shows copy/paste replies, copious screenshots pop up all over the web. Twitter can absolutely be robotic, but it doesn't have to be. I know many people and quite a few brands who don't have robotic timelines.
Besides, just because you don't see the timeline doesn't make the appearance any less sincere. This reminds me of email form letters sent from customer service departments. They're impersonal and almost always miss something key in my original inquiry that needs to be addressed. At the very least, they could have had a general message that is customized to specifically address what was said to them. If you look at the replies to their apology tweets, the copy/paste tactic was noticed repeatedly by people they replied to. A couple people even offered to help teach them how to use social media.
I agree that they handled it well...until they started copying and pasting replies.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Home Depot Crisis: Social Media Requires Being Human
@ginidietrich I'll never understand why copy/paste is done in these situations. Every time it happens, everyone points out how ineffective and robotic is looks.
@CommProSuzi @Karen_C_Wilson I know the person wearing the costume was a white man. But if one of the other men in the picture was white, it would have been worse - i.e., white man, monkey, black man - which one is different? To me that's a worse implication.